Congressman Bob Gibbs and Chairman Shuster Roll Out Water Resources Reform and Development Act

September 11, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Congressman Bob Gibbs released the following statement after the press conference on Wednesday, September 11th in the U.S. Capitol.

“For the first time since 2007, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will look to pass a Water Resources Development Act.  Chairman Shuster and I have been working to ensure that this legislation will support our nation’s vital ports and maritime transportation systems. Establishing and maintaining an infrastructure network is important to the United States economy and is a responsibility we must take charge of on a federal level.

“The Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 enhances our global competitiveness to ensure that our maritime transportation system remains effective and up to date.  Nearly one-third of our GDP is derived from international trade and 99 percent of that trade passes through the Nation’s ports.  WRRDA presents Congress with the opportunity to make much needed reforms and cut red tape that will ultimately clear a pathway for innovation. Our inland waterways and seaports help us to transport goods from all over the world making our maritime transportation an important investment in our future.

“Along with the many other reforms included in this bill, it will also change the way that the Army Corps of Engineers conducts business in terms of infrastructure projects.  It typically takes the Corps 10 to 15 years to complete these studies when in reality it should take only up to three years. WRRDA is a multi-facetted bill that aims to cut red tape, streamline the review process, cut costs and continue to protect the environment,  all while administering improvements to our infrastructure system. ”

Congressman Gibbs was joined at this afternoon’s press conference with:

  • U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
  • U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV), Ranking Member, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
  • U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY), Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment